>> a plane engine catches fire just before takeoff. >> this is aljazeera america. good morning. live from new york city, i'm randall pinkston. the house today begins debate over the ran nook deal. it is expected to be a fiery discussion, republicans trying to stop the agreement and force a presidential veto. democrats say they have the votes to block a resolution from reaching the president's desk. we are live in washington this morning. libby, the president now has 42 senators supporting the deal. does this mean that senate democrats will definitely filibuster to block any vote on the issue? >> as we know here in congress, nothing's done until it's really done. that 42 number is crucial for the white house because technically that is enough
democrats to stop republicans from even bringing a disapproval resolution to the floor of the senate. we can't guarantee that all those democrats would agree to a filibuster. some would like to see open debate. what democrats really want is to just have a clean up or down vote with the 60 person threshold. republicans aren't exactly seven-day in that at this point, because they're ok with the optics of democrats potentially killing this disapproval resolution on a technicality. we'll see how the procedure plays out over the next few days, but the white house is certainly encouraged by this number of 42 democrats supporting the deal, and the white house is trying to make sure all those democrats would get in line to stop the vote on procedural grounds. >> of course the republicans are interested in making sure that the american public knows that a majority of the senate opposes the deal, right? >> that's an excellent point, and so they say let's bring it to the floor for a vote.
if it was just on a simple majority, republicans would win and they would be able to reject a big portion of this ran nuclear deal, but that's not how the senate works. over in the house, we may see it roll out this week with republicans being able to take that simple majority vote and disapproving of the deal, but it takes both chambers to get a bill to the president's desk, randall. >> what comes next? >> congress has until next thursday, september 17 to weigh in, so the clock truly is ticking, which is why we will see debate kick into high gear this week. after that, if both bodies do vote to disapprove, president obama has 12 days to veto, but we may not even get that far, randall. >> thanks, libby casey on capitol hill keeping watch. >> as that vote approaches, support for the ran nuclear agreement is falling. half of those surveyed
disapproved of the deal. in mid july, 33% of the public approved of the agreement, 45% disapproved. >> the clerk's office opens in rowan county kentucky in a half hour and the elected leader of that office kim davis is out of jail. a federal judge released her after six days behind bars. davis violated a court order and repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to avoid giving them to same sex couples. the judge told her he would set her free only if she does not interfere with the license process. john terrett is outside davis' office in kentucky. first, do we expect her to show up for work today and is there any doubt she won't follow the judge's orders if she does show up for work? >> well, those are two excellent
questions. the answer to the first one is we simply don't know. yesterday, when she was released from county jail, the expectation was that she would come straight back to work today but we are hearing from her lawyers that she is probably going to have a couple of days off and may come back to work on friday or monday. that doesn't mean she won't come back to work tomorrow, thursday or even today 8:00 a.m. when this office opens. as whether she would radio bide by the judge's orders, we simply don't know. yesterday on release from the county jail, her lawyer pointed out to everybody present that she is a deeply committed christian and also deeply committed to her job. many think because these licenses have been issued, she may interfere with that process. we are going to have to see today when she shows up at work. here she is yesterday on relief sounding defiant as you will hear. >> i just want to give god the
glory. his people have rallied and you are a strong people! >> in the meantime, nothing like the scenes that we saw her last week after kim davis was jailed on thursday. this is just a smattering of people who are against same sex marriage here this morning and lots of media, randall. >> tell us about the presidential candidate who showed up, two of them, actually, right, add she was being reds from jail yesterday. >> kim davis has -- yeah, you're right, kim davis has lots of support. she is elected into this position so has a mandate for the job that she does and mandate for her beliefs. a huge crowd turned up outside the jail to welcome her, including two presidential hope was, ted cruz was there, but more profile, mike huckabee, the former governor of white house running for the white house in 2000 sing. he offered to go to jail in kim
davis's stead should that be necessary. >> it is far more than one clerk saying she will not issue marriage licenses. it's that everybody one of us will have to decide whether or not we want to keep this great republic or willing a sacrifice it and surrender it to tyranny. >> some comments in the newspaper that this level of support might ultimately end up damaging the republican ticket down the road. like so much of this story, we're going to have to wait and see. >> tell us about other clerks, some in kentucky as well who have stopped issuing marriage licenses over the same sex issue. >> well, you're absolutely right. there are two our county clerks here in the state of kentucky, another one that i know about in north carolina. there are others around the country who are taking exactly the same stance as kim davis has
taken. as i think i said to you last week, the reason you haven't heard of them is because they haven't been sued by the aclu, but they are out there. the judge was hoping to send a message by jail kim davis, the message you should fall in line with national law. the takeaway is this is not a happy story on any level, even though ultimately, it deals with marriage and people's happy days. generally speaking, this is not a happy story, which is going to rumble on i think for far longer than what's happening here in moore head. >> hillary clinton speaks out today on the around nuclear deal one day after apologizing for the first time for using a private email server while she was secretary of state. >> that was a mistake. i'm sorry about that. i take responsibility, and i'm trying to be as transparent as i possibly can. >> clinton said she should have
done a better job answers questions earlier, but insisted she never sent classified information through her email. the controversy has been impacting her stand with voters. a number now see her unfavorably. >> an investigation into a fire on a british airways jet in las vegas that sent people running. flames started from blow the wing last night. the plane was about a take off, but the fire forced the pilot to abort. all 172 passengers and crew escaped safely. >> jumped down and you could see the flames and smoke and that's when it really started hitting me that it was pretty scary. >> they opened the door, smoke started coming in. it was just a look of panic on the air stewardess's face. >> more than a dozen people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. passengers praised the pilot for
getting everyone off the plane quickly. >> a new policy announced this morning for dealing with the influx of refugees and migrants in europe. the president of the europe union says countries should adopt a quota system to take them in. this comes at thousands more people make their way towards western europe today. this was the scene in hungary, where officials are attempting to control the constant flow of people moving west. european union member states are called upon to show cam passion and carry the burden together. >> i call on member states to adopt the proposals that altogether, 160,000 refugees at the consulate of interior ministers on the 14 of september. i am talking about 120,000. it's 160,000, that's the number. >> e.u. president called for a more union feudified e.u. border
and coast guard as well as new asylum policies. several countries have rejected the quotas. german chancellor angela merkel said that her country will only accept refugees and not migrants looking for economic opportunities. >> meanwhile, secretary of state john kerry meets with congressional leaders today as the u.s. considers its options for helping with the refugee crisis. kerry is expected to brief hem them on the administration's plan. the white house plans to take in 5,000 to 8,000 refugees from syria next year. >> a big rally in global stocks is pushing wall street futures higher this morning. japan's nikkei surged 7% overnight, the biggest one day jump there since 2003. hong kong added 4% and european shares are also trading up. >> a tackle on a high school football field could lead to criminal charges this morning. school officials trying to
c.e.o. has resigned over a corruption probe. he is accused of arranging special flights for the official who used to oversee the three major airports in new york and new jersey. >> new details today about a cyber attack against the pentagon, the head of the n.s.a. and u.s. cyber command. the admiral said the attack on an unclassified network was aggressive, persistent and sophisticated. pentagon had to take the network down to stop it. no word on who was behind the attack. >> more evacuations have been ordered in northern california as the state's biggest wildfire continues to burn. the rough fire has grown to 97,000 acres. firefighters say the flames are pushing fast into the sierra nevadas. residents and campers are asked to evacuate. crews are in need of help. unfortunately, the weather isn't cooperating. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell now.
how warm will it be trying to fight the flames? >> parts of california over 100 degrees today, including possibly nearby those fires. right now, we have 40 large fire incidents, a couple more in the northwest where it is extremely try. one reason we have the red flag concerns today into wyoming. we have warmer conditions, very dry, humid at 10% and windy, gusts to 30. we don't have as much winds in california. what we have instead is a high pressure loss that gives us sinking air that warms the air and because there's not a lot of wind flow, that makes it very stagnant. we have a number of heat advisories up especially towards the coastlines, valleys could go over 100 degrees easily. sack are sacramento 104 today, d
to be dangerous. across the rest of the country, the one other portion of the country that is seeing the heat, we're book ended is the east coast. a lot of temperatures are still going to be in the 90's, such as washington and new york for today. just one more day of that. we are going to get some relief shanks to this. we have a front making a wet go in places like illinois this morning, southern parts of the state. this will trek its way eastward for tomorrow, it's going to be a soggy one for the east coast, bringing in at least a 10-degree temperature drop, if not more and then the day after, some of that lingers through the south and keeps things wet there the east coast has been needing rain, as well and these cooler temperatures will be nice. >> thank you, nicole. >> seattle teachers are on strike this morning for the first time in 30 years and the first day of school has been canceled as a result. the strike comes after contract talks broke down last night.
the district will offer a generous pay raise, but teachers say they deserve more. the district wants teachers to work longer days, something the union says came with no additional compensation. teachers also want a say over standardized tests. they say the district gives too many tests and they are not useful. >> police near san antonio this morning are weighing whether to file criminal charges against two high school football players who tackled a referee during a game. those players are leveling accusations against the ref and one of their own coaches. >> the incident happened last friday in a game between two san antonio area schools. jon jay and marble falls. the players involved are telling school officials what they did was not unprovoked. >> the incident it shameful to us and deeply troubling to all of us. >> the fallout continues from the behind the back hit on a the accident high school football
referee friday night. the two unidentified high school players involved remain suspended from the team and school. now as local police decide whether or not to charge the players with a crime, the pair say that umpire robert watts directed racial slurs at them. >> we are in the process of filing and official complaint to the official association with the racial slur allegation. >> on the website. the accident h.s. football.com, watts is reported as saying lyle bell and slander have already been committed against me and the austin football association said the referee is wanting to press charges. school district officials say the players were also angry about perceived slights committed against them in the game. >> during the game, the players were feeling lots of frustration by what they perceived to be missed or wrong calls by the refs. >> the two accused players say
that led one of their coaches to tell them to take revenge. >> the students allege an assistant coach said that guy needs to pay for cheating us. >> that assistant coach is 29-year-old matt breed, a former college football player. he's now on paid administrative leave while the district looks into this allegation. >> i'm not going to speak for the coach now, but i can only assume just again allegedly, maybe the emotions got the best of him. >> texas is one of 23 states that has criminalized attacking referees. it's a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and a $2,000 fine. a representative for the austin football officials association say he hopes these two students never play football again. >> the worlds population is aging faster than most countries can handle. now a new report on which nation
>> al jazeera america primetime. get the real news you've been looking for. at 7:00, a thorough wrap-up of the day's events. then at 8:00, john seigenthaler digs deeper into the stories of the day. and at 9:00, get a global perspective. weeknights, on al jazeera america. >> the worlds aging population, two people in the world turn 60 every second. by 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under the age of 10. a group found inequality among older people is increasing. it looked at income, security, health and whether old people live in an enabling environment, found the best country for older
people is switzerland. most in the top 10 are in northern europe. bottom of the list, iraq, pakistan and the west bank in gaza. >> the chief executive of health aid international said every country should begin preparing for an aging population. >> in the age of migration where young people are moving to the cities, older people are facing a new challenge, which is one of isolation and loneliness. even a tradition of looking after older people ourselves that live with us is no longer the case. the big message for countries, younger countries who are going to be getting older over the next 30 years is you have to start now. even countries like nigeria, kenya, we haven't got much older
people, start now. that's the lesson at the top of the list. 22% of the world's population by 2060 will be over age 60. it is an extraordinary demographic shift. countries have to start preparing together. >> the report looked at longevity, finding older people lived seven years longer in countries near the top of the list. >> serena williams is two wins from taking the first calendar year grand slam in a quarter century and defeated her sister to get there. the sisters wowed the crowd in new york city. karina won it in three sets. tomorrow, she takes on the italian in the semis. >> a star studded debut for steven colbert as he takes the helm of the late show. among the first guests, presidential hopeful jeb bush, who had a surprising take on the current president. >> i'm going to say something that's her particular, i guess.
i don't think barack obama has bad motives. i just think he's wrong on a lot of issues. >> you're so close, this close. you got to pause. you got to pause until they clap and then hit them with what they don't want to hear. that's hard, that's hard. >> if you start with the premise that people have good motives, you can find common ground. >> on the republican side, the emotional needle has been nailed in one spot, obama bad, maybe not american, obama bad. >> and vice versa. >> a little lesson on timing. colbert showed off his set and explained the deal he made to host the late show. >> there is my ancient cursed amulet, pretty sweet. i have this beautiful stained glass behind me. i can make -- i'm sorry, everybody, somebody the cursed
amulet drones like that when it's not pleased with me. here's the thing. in exchange for getting this show, i swore an oath on a syrian fire god, unquenchable lord of the pits. i can't say his full name or he would manifest as a herald of the end times and feast on the blood of the innocent and i'm saving that for sweeps. >> if no one else is cursed by the amulet he has a video lineup for the rest of the week, scarlett johansson and the c.e.o. of tesla and uber. stephanie sy back in two minutes with more aljazeera america morning news. you can keep up with news throughout the day by going to aljazeera.com.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. taking a look at today's headlines from around the nation, u.s. stock futures up this morning after a major rally on the global exchanges. the nikkei surged 7% overnight, the biggest jump since 2003. hong kong added four percent and european shares trading up. >> prosecutors in virginia will not file charges in the death of an inmate. a taser was used on her in february. she later died. the 37-year-old's death was called a tragic accident. federal civil rights investigators are looking into what happened. >> an admitted white supremacist in kansas faces the death penalty when sentenced in november. a jury recommend capital punishment for the man. he was convicted of killing three people outside two jewish centers in 2014. none of the victims were jewish. >> police near san antonio are
weighing filing criminal charges against two high school football players who tackled a referee during a game. those players are leveling accusations against the ref and one of their coaches. john henry smith has the latest on this story. >> the incident happened last friday in a game between two san antonio area schools, jon jay and marble falls. the players involved are telling school officials what they did was not unprovoked. >> the incident is shameful to us and is deeply troubling to all of us. >> the fallout continues from the behind the back hit on a the accident high school football referee friday night. the two unidentified players involved remain suspended from both the team and the from the school now as local police decide whether or not to charge the players with a crime. the pair say that umpire watts made racial slurs against them.
>> we are in the process of filing and official complaint to the official association with the racial slur allegation. >> on the website. the texas h.s. football.com, watts is reported as saying lyle bell and slander have already been committed against me and the austin football association said the referee is wanting to press charges. school district officials say the players were also angry about perceived slights committed against them in the game. >> during the game, the players were feeling lots of frustration by what they perceived to be missed or wrong calls by the refs. >> the two accused players say that led one of their coaches to tell them to take revenge. >> the students allege an assistant coach said that guy needs to pay for cheating us. >> that assistant coach is 29-year-old matt breed, a former
john jay star and former college football player. he's now on paid administrative leave while the district looks into this allegation. >> i'm not going to speak for the coach now, but i can only assume just again allegedly, maybe the emotions got the best of him. >> texas is one of 23 states that has criminalized attacking referees. it's a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and a $2,000 fine. a representative for the austin football officials association says he hopes these two students never play football again. >> do we know how the ref is doing. >> we do not. we just know that he says he will be contacting the appropriate people soon. sounds like he is going to be hiring a lawyer. >> looks like a pretty hard hit. >> absolutely. >> seattle teachers are on strike for the first time in 30 years and the first day of school is canceled. the strike comes after contract talks broke down last night. the district offered a generous pay raise, but teachers say they deserve more. the district wants teachers to work longer days, something the union said came with no
additional compensation. teachers want a say over standardized tests, saying the district gives too many and they are not useful. >> a heat waive is forcing early school closings in the east. schools in connecticut shut down yesterday afternoon. more early dismissals are expect there again today, as well as in philadelphia and new jersey. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell for a look at when some of these states will get released from the heat. >> we don't have relieve in the overnight periods. we stayed in a lot of cases in the 70's. it is 15 degrees above an average morning temperature and muggy, as well. not the most pleasant morning. the temperatures will soar into the 90's once again. in summer like california, they're like you're closing school for the 90's? we have schools in the in tore towards the 100s and 100 tense.
we are book ended in the country with the hot weather. the main weather maker through the central portion of the united states bringing showers and storms is going to be the next system to actually give us chances for a cooldown in the east coast at all that rain makes it tomorrow, so one more day of the heat. a lot of another viseries up in california where the heat is even more oppressive and that does not help with the drought situation, drying things out even more. >> we probably don't have to tell you that getting up early for school can be a challenge for both students and their parents. researchers warn that waking up early is not only tough on the body, but can impact the student's ability to learn. ray suarez has more. >> it's a cliche because it's true. exhausted and grumpy teenagers are barely able to drab themselves out of bed and get to
school each morning. there's a growing chorus to let them sweep more and start the school day later. more than 80% of the high schools and middle schools in this country begin classes earlier than the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time. some even start earlier than 7:30 a.m. the result, according to health professionals, tired and sleep deprived students, who don't get the eight to nine hours of sleep each night doctors say they need. >> sleep deprivation has been studied and has significant impact. >> an impact which can lead to poor school performance and even dangerous effects on teens. this doctor is director of the sleep disorder clinic in miami. >> sleep deprived students are more depressed. they have more accidents when they drive. it can pose behavioral issues,
learning issues. >> a report released by the c.d.c. found between 75-100% of public schools in 42 states started classes before the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time, and two out of three u.s. high school students sleep less than eight hours a night on school nights due to those early wake up times. >> every state i in the nation s the state of minnesota did many, many years ago, should delay the school start for teenager, not make it earlier, which is exactly what's happening today. >> opponents of an earlier start time say pushing back classes comes at a price, including an increase in bus costs and less time for after school sports and jobs. a small price to pay, say some, who in the meantime encourage
parents to begin getting their parents ready for their new schedules now. >> i would recommend for parents to start a couple of weeks before school, the school onset to start waking the students earlier to get ready for the new schedule they are going to have in school. >> the e.u. out with a new plan this morning to deal with the refugee crisis. >> there is no region, there is no relief, there is no philosophy when it comes to refugees. >> the quota system they say would help handle the tens of thousands of people entering europe. >> the sister showdown plays out on center court, but there could only be one winner in the matchup of serena versus venus.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:30 eastern, taking a look at today's other global headlines, the clerk's office in kentucky is open this morning and so far, no sign of clerk kim davis. she was released yesterday after serving six days in jail. she refused to issue marriage licenses so she didn't have to give them to gay couples. the judge let her out of jail only if she does not interfere with the license process. >> engine problems are blamed for a fire that forced the evacuation of a british airways jet preparing to take off in las vegas last night when flames and thick smoke broke out. all were evacuated safely. two dozen people went to the hospital for minor injuries. >> the house of representatives
today begins its debate over the iran nuclear deal. senate democrats are on the verbal of delivering a big win to president obama, 42 senators back the accord, enough to block any disapproval. >> the president of of the e.u. says countries should adopt to quote if a system to take in refugees. it comes as thousands more push toward western europe. this was the scene in northern france earlier today, residents welcomed a bus full of refugees who made their way across europe. e.u.'s president said this is the way the continent needs to treat migrants. >> turning a blind eye to poor and helpless people, that is not europe. europe, that's the -- europe is
the students in munich who have been close for the new arrivals in the train station. that's those standing at the train station applauding the refugees. >> not all european countries have been welcoming these refugees. we have a report from hungary and will have it in just a moment. as the european union tries to respond to the refugee crisis there, attention has turned to the relief efforts beyond europe. as mike vick reports, that is increasing the pressure on the u.s. to do more. >> as the refugee crisis grows, the u.s. is rethinking its approach. >> it does appear some situation
is worsening. that's why the united states is going to continue to consider additional steps that we can take to help those countries that are bearing the brunt of this burden now. >> the obama administration is quick to point out that the u.s. has given $4 billion to help syrian refugees, more than any other nation, but as the tide swells, the number granted entry into the u.s. has been tiny compared to european nations like germany, who said it will take in 800,000 this year. compare that to the u.s. taking in 1500 refugees since the civil war began in syria five years ago. 1300 of those refugees came that year. 4 million syrians have left their homes, most going to turkey and jordan. now, many are on the move. opponents of allowing more refugees into the u.s. say there could be terrorists hiding in
their number. that's a major concern for policy makers in the administration. >> we have a balance that against the proper vetting procedures to make sure that particularly bringing in people from that part of the world that we're doing it safely and securely. >> during the fiscal year that ends september 30, the u.s. will have admitted 70,000 refugees from around the world, a number set annually by the white house. a deadline for a new quote if a looms at the end of this month. as it considers allowing more in, the white house wants other countries to step up, as well. >> it certainly is clear that we are going to need a more robust response from countries around the world, that includes countries in the region that we've already seen countries in europe step up and offer up additional support. >> if president obama does allow more refugees into the united states, congress would have to approve any new spending, and that is by no means certain.
mike viqueira, washington. >> what have you seen on the border in hungary and describe what is happening behind you, as well. >> what you see behind me here, those are dozens of refugees along with the police on the border. they are waiting on a bus to take them. they've been told that they will be going to hungary's border with austria. there is confusion at this hour on if they will be taken to a refugee camp here first, fingerprinted and then taken to the border, just underscoring how confusing the situation remains here on the ground, but the prevailing sentiment that i've come across today is one of real fear when it comes to the refugees. they are very concerned about the treatment that they will receive here in hungary. i spoke with several young men
coming from iraq about an hour ago, just about a mile down the road. they actually turned back and went back into serbia, because they heard so many horrific tales about treatment of refugees in hungary. we spoke to some saying they are treated well, getting food, water, medical attention, but there really is a sense of desperation here. people want to be able to get out of hungary into austria and then go on from there into germany. >> hungary is part of the european union. are you getting any sense of how hungarian authorities plan to house more refugees through a quota system? >> stephanie, i think we may have lost the connection if you're speaking to me. >> ok. if you -- reporting live from
the serbian-hungarian border. we do have more on this with ambassador richard murphy. do we have him joining us now from lebanon? ok. ambassador, i just want to bring in another issue that we've been talking about here, which is that there's been a lot of criticism not just on the u.s., but particularly on persian gulf nations for the fact that they have not been receiving any refugees. you'll recall the photo last week of the little beaulieu drowned. in an editorial in an arab newspaper, they wrote this, the picture of the drowned syrian child is an arab scandal. he is holding the powerful arabs before the europeans responsible for what he that endured. ambassador, are gulf nations not doing enough to address the refugee crisis?
>> i think that some of them have already stepped up financially. i believe it's kuwait is in the lead with over $300 million contributed to syrian refugee relief. i'm sure that the others are going to come forward. they certainly sympathize with the refugees, however their direction, their political energies have been directed at opposing the regime in damascus, and they've been annual second daryl thinking about the refugees, but they will help. >> kuwait has contributed $300 million, the e.u. $30 million, qatar $10 million, but mecca is a lot closer than munich, plus they speak the same language as where most of these
refugees are coming from syria. why aren't the syrian refugees fleeing south to saudi arabia? >> the syrians from their own experience know that they will not be welcomed, there's no pathway to citizenship in the gulf countries. there have been hundreds of thousands of syrians in the gulf states over the years, but there they come in for a job and they're expected to leave and they are compelled to leave if they no longer continue with their employer, so the hope is that in europe, they will move on and perhaps move into citizenship in those countries or in the west. >> do you think the gulf cooperation council in the same way that europe is looking for some sort of coordinated
response to settling these refugees, do you think the g.c.c. countries should be looking at some sort of coordinated effort to help these refugees? >> i think the help will be financial. i think that the gc.c. countries as comparable to the attitude we have shown in the united states, there is concern that in the ranks of the refugees, there may be elements hostile to their countries and they are very careful about screening those who have come in in the past and even more so today. >> ambassador, you were formerly u.s. ambassador to syria. how do you think bashar al assad looks at this refugee crise? what country does he have left to fight for when 4 million people of his own have fled? >> that's a fair question.
the one element that -- the one attitude shared by the various rebel groups, and there are dozens of different factions is that they see no future politically for bashar al assad. he's not about to step aside, and some sort of deal is going to have to be worked out, but it hasn't taken shape yet. >> does the crisis that we're seeing on the borders of serbia and hungary in europe in lebanon, where you are, where they've received a higher proportion of syrian refugees than pretty much knish else, does the crisis reach a point where diplomacy has a chance again at ending the civil war, now in its fifth year?
>> >> i hope so. in beirut, i recall when we were working to try to end the lebanese civil war. that took 15 years before the fighters got exhausted enough that political concessions, political arrangements could be worked out. the west or the arab world is not going to impose a solution on syria, something has to develop from within. >> richard murphy, former ambassador to syria, thank you for your time this morning. the e.u. released a statement defending its response to the syrian crise. it says it has extended residency permits to 100,000 syrians since 2011 and provided more than $530 million in humanitarian assistance since 2012. we should also note here that al jazeera is funded in part by the government of qatar. >> a hungarian camera woman
videotaped tripping and kicking refugees trying to cross into hungary has been fired. the woman was working for a local station affiliated with a far right network. you can see her tripping a man carrying a child and then kicking this young girl. the images quickly went environmental, her employer called the actions unacceptable. >> there's a new leader today at one of the country's largest airlines. he has resigned after accused of arranging flights for an official who will used to oversee airports in new york and new jersey. >> unionizing uber workers is the latest challenge to uber. >> it could be five hours a week, and it's been at least 10
hours on the road every day. >> a full time student, he spends afternoons and evenings shuttling people to the places they want to go. >> i am on a schedule. it's good. i like transporting people. >> he drives for three services. passengers use smart phones to request rides from him and other independent drivers. a year and a half ago, he left his $9 an hour job at sea tech airport, thinking work as a driver would put more money in his pocket. he said his take home pay is not at all what he expected. >> after you pay your n, after you pay the gasoline, any other wear and tear expenses on your car, you wash your car, you're saying after all that, you're only making $2.64 an hour. >> yes, that's what i made last year, 2014. >> forming a union like the one
seattle taxi cabers are in would provide more security. ride service drivers are independent contractors. seattle city council member mike o'brien wants to grant ride share drivers the right to bargain collectively under the city's authority to regulate taxis. >> i want to give the drivers some leverage in negotiating with uber, lift, whoever it is, so they have a say in what their employment looks like. >> it could face legal challenges from uber and competitors, which say they are creating jobs. uber told us: june it's unclear how many ride service drivers agree forming a union is best. many would not talk to us on camera. some expressed themselves on
line, saying they are happy with the money they make and only want to work part time. they may be concerned that union dos could make that cost prohibitive. seattle is stepping into a legal arena usually governed by federal law, evidence that the rise of the ride sharing economy may force a national reexamination of workers rights. >> i'd like to see congress involved in this, because i do think there are some things that can be done to reshape the definition of independent contractor where perhaps people providing services have some safety net. >> whether locally or nationally, he hopes for change. >> we like uber, lift, we like side car, we like how the app works, but what we are saying is just treat us fairly. >> if things don't change, he says his days as a ride service driver are most likely numbered. al jazeera, seattle. >> you can find out much more
about ride sharing services in other web series on uber at aljazeera.com. >> macy's plans to shut down several dozen stores across the u.s. the retailer will shutter 35-40 stores, 5% of total locations. forty macy's locations have closed in the last five years. macy's said it's a reevaluation of strategies, including on line selling. >> apple is set to reveal next generation version of several products, including possible upgrades to the i phone, i pad and apple t.v. >> tim cook will headline the tech giant's 2015 product event. last year, the company came out with larger screen i-phones, apple watch and apple pay. then tim cook got a rock star reception. >> today, we are launching the
biggest advancement in the history of i-phones. >> this year, anticipation has been muted, perhaps because no new gadgets are expected. phones should have an improved camera, 12 megapixels compared to the current eight. upgrades to the watch are expected, as well as a larger vein ipad. >> we have one more thing. >> the biggest announcement may be a revamped apple t.v. with new gaming technology. wednesday's product event may be more important than usual, because apple shares dropped over the past month for the first time since the i phone was first unveiled. >> a new era in late night.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:51 eastern. taking a look at today's top stories. >> thai police say a man admitted giving a bag with a device to a man carrying out a blast attack. two men are in custody. police haven't found the bomber himself. >> new details about a cyber attack against the pentagon. the head of the n.s.a. said the attack on the network was aggressive, persistent and swift indicated. they had to take the network down to stop it. no word on who was behind the attack.
>> evacuations ordered in california as the wildfire continues to burn. the fire has burned 97,000 acres. firefighters say the flames are pushing fast into the sierra nevadas. campers and residents nearby are asked to evacuate. >> serena williams is just two wins away from tennis history, headed to the u.s. open semifinals after defeating her sister venus in a classic display of sibling rivalry. >> with that point, serena williams moved one step closer to being the first woman since 1998 to win all four grand slams in a single year. she hugged big sister venus after defeating her in three sets at a sold out and celebrity filled stadium in new york. >> i'll look back on it humbly. it means a lot to me. we are very, very tough competitors on the court. once the match is over, the second it's done, we're sisters, we're roommates.
>> i i'm so happy for you. >> serena has won against her sister 16 times in their 27 matches. this was not easy. venus won the second set and gave her little sister a run for her money. >> she was at an unbelievable level, down to the match point. it just was not easy. that was probably the toughest match i've played in a really, really, really long time. >> serena started celebrating winning shots with big fist pumps out of view of her sister. an emotional serena said the match was a testament to however they've both come. >> i think of it's the greatest story in tennis in terms of how we started and grew up and how we are able to within championships and be, you know, such inspirations for so many women across the globe.
it doesn't get better than that. >> and the hug. >> serena williams takes on the italian player tomorrow, hoping to win her fourth u.s. open in a row, tying her with stephy graph's 22 victories. >> steven colbert taking the helm of the late show. among the guests, presidential hopeful jeb bush. >> it's show time for steven colbert, this time the only character he's playing, steven colbert. >> i'll be covering all the presidential candidates who are donald trump. >> he delivered a mix of star power and politics, bringing in hills first guest, george clooney as jeb bush. >> i'm going to say something that's heretic. i don't think president obama has bat motives, i just think he
is wrong on issues. >> you were so close, this close. >> good news. i still exist. >> he's the new kid on the late night block. >> hi, i'm steven colbert and i'll be hosting the late show on cbs. i do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair. >> for nine years on the colbert report as the pompous right wing host, he turned bunch lines into punches. >> former first lady, former senator and former secretary of state hillary clinton is the current front runner, which is surprising, since it sounds like she can't hold down a job. >> with the late show, he can put that act to rest as he told cbs. >> i hope they find quickly that the guy they saw for 10 years with my sense are humor the whole time, it is i guess flattering that people thought i was an actual newsman over the
years, but it's really nice to not have to pretend it anymore. >> colbert, a devout catholic is a 51-year-old married father of three. his life and perspective on it were shaped by a family tragedy in 1974, his father and two of his brothers died in a plane crash. >> it's a shock to the system to lose your father and your brothers at that able, and school and friends and homework and that value system doesn't mean anything anymore. none of it makes sense anymore. that helps if you're doing comedy or specifically satire, that what seems normal no longer has status. >> colbert's debut comes with risks and plenty of competition as he joins an already crowded class of late night comics.
>> you have jimmy fallon covering the ground. jimmy kimmel's doing viral videos, more of a devil on your shoulder program. the competition for late night is so intense, he can't be all things to all people. >> colbert's take may be different, but there's no mistaking what they all have in common. >> a loud white male talking to you and there's concern for diversity in the time slot for certain. >> his persona served him well. now he has the chance to play the one role he was destined to perform, himself. >> that's it for us here in new york. thanks for watching. have a great morning. more news coming up from dope has soon.
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>> this is aljazeera america live from doha. here's what's coming up in the next 60 minutes: >> we have to accept these people. >> the european commission penalty proposes a mandatory quota system for 160,000 refugees. >> an exclusive report, al jazeera spends the night on turkey's southeastern coast with refugees risking their lives trying